Health in Your Hands is a clear guide to using Ayurveda
to restore and maintain good health.
Dr Smita Naram begins by telling the stories of patients who have used
Ayurveda to restore balanced health to themselves, to give us a clear
understanding of how this effective and profound, ancient Indian system
of medicine and life works to restore health and well-being.
This understanding leads to the core of Your Health in Your Hands,
a manual of practical and proven ways in which we ourselves can make
a real difference to our health.
It focuses on 11 groups of common health issues which are often seen
in Ayushakti clinics;
Skin Disorders and Skin Care
Stress and Depression
Reducing High Cholesterol
Balancing High Blood Pressure
Coughs and Colds
Hair Loss and Hair Care
and Common Digestive Disorders.
This is followed by Dr Smita Naram's valuable insights into Diet, Health
and the Stages of Life, so we can be clear about how our diets need
to change according to the stage of life we are living, and shows us
how our health is truly in our own hands.
Ayurveda is in my blood. My grandfather, my great— grandfather,
in fact going back four generations on my father’s side, were
all Ayurvedic doctors. For that reason, from my earliest childhood,
my father gave me Ayurvedic herbs for my health rather than using chemical—based
I clearly remember one incident, a striking example from when I was
10 years old, which demonstrated to me the effectiveness of using Ayurveda.
I had severe colic, which was very, very intense. I was rolling round
on the floor in pain, screaming; I thought I was going to die.
My father took me to see a physician, who said it might well be appendicitis
and they may have to operate. We’ll wait for a day, even half
a day, he said, and if it doesn’t go away, we’ll operate.
This was around 1972, when there was no sophisticated diagnostic machinery
as there is now. People didn’t think clearly; they just thought—this
is appendicitis, so we’ll operate if there’s pain and that
will end the problem. That was it.
We went back home and my father called on my uncle, who
was a very famous Ayurvedic doctor in our village in Gujarat. My uncle
the doctor, when he heard the diagnosis and solution, said, ‘No,
no, there’s no need for surgery; we’ll just give her an
enema. ‘So he gave us a formula we could make from what we had
in the house; a mixture of cumin, dried ginger powder, ajwain, asafoetida,
coriander and other things, which we boiled and added to castor oil
in specific quantities.
My father then gave me an enema of this mixture. Within five minutes
with this the pain disappeared. This was my foundation experience of
the effectiveness of Ayurveda.